Book Reviews of A Miracle of Rare Design: A Tragedy of Transcendence

A Miracle of Rare Design: A Tragedy of Transcendence
A Miracle of Rare Design A Tragedy of Transcendence
Author: Mike Resnick
ISBN-13: 9780812524246
ISBN-10: 0812524241
Publication Date: 1/1996
Pages: 256
Rating:
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3.5 stars, based on 3 ratings
Publisher: Tom Doherty Assoc Llc
Book Type: Paperback
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Good book, sort of philosophical sci-fic
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The SFBC sent this to me by mistake and never billed me ... I would have been disappointed if I had picked and paid for it. I'm not a fan of Resnick's African planet stories, so it languished on the bottom of the reading pile, until I needed something short and quick to read (178 pages). Surprise, surprise, it's short stories put together as one story........

Xavier William Lennox is an obnoxious and arrogant travel writer. He is fascinated by the Fireflies of Medina, golden-skinned bipedal natives with vestigial wings. He tries to infiltrate their society, gets caught, and they mutilate him.

Back home, the Department of Alien Affairs offers to alter him surgically to become a Firefly, if he can negotiate a treaty for the âdiamond pipes' of Medina. His brain, central nervous system and his heart will remain unchanged. Adventures follow, adventures over by page 110. The rest of the book is three more aliens, and the obvious ending. You never come to care for this man at all....greedy, self-centered. Although Resnick tries to show that he's changed, it doesn't work.